Discussions that mention cimetidine

Digestive Disorders board

Thanks, Boz--you're a sweetie! I stumbled upon over-the-counter cimetidine (Tagamet over here) and I think it really helped all my burbles & palpitations & random mid-torso rappings. I hate to take it too often, preferring natural remedies...You are taking something beginning with an "R" you said? How often? how's that working for you? is it prescription-strength or over-the-counter? Thanks again!

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maggie, if cimetidine works for you, by all means continue to take it. Cimetidine and ranitidine (the "R" drug I think boz was talking about) are H2 blockers - they block the release of histamine in the GI tract. Since histamine stimulates acid production, the end result is less acid. This is different from the PPIs (nexium, prilosec), which irreversibly block the proton channel itself. The nice thing about ranitidine over cimetidine is that it has far fewer drug interactions. This is only important if you are on other types of medications, like Coumadin (warfarin), Dilantin (phenytoin), B-blockers (like metoprolol), or benzodiazepines (like diazepam). Both ranitidine and cimetidine have the same action, so if you are on any of these meds you should talk with your doctor about H2 blockers (ESPECIALLY cimetidine).

Regarding your preference for natural remedies, it is perfectly understandable and I appreciate your concern. Just remember, many FDA regulated drugs started out as natural remedies (including aspirin), so just because something is a medication does not mean right off the bat that it is toxic, unhealthy or unnatural. Similarly, just because something is natural does not mean it is not without it's risks and side effects (St John's Wart, Valerian, and Ginkgo Biloba all have documented side effects and drug interactions). Don't get me wrong, each aspect of medicine has it's own rightful place in modern healthcare, and the two can even interact symbiotically. With all of the research going on with alternative medicine, it wouldn't surprise me if some of these drugs (especially SJW) went from being natural and alternative to FDA regulated OTCs within the next decade or so. I guess what I'm saying is, if something (traditional or alternative) is working out for you without any side effects, don't stop using it just because it falls into one class or another. If it makes you feel better, keep taking it!
Hi Maggie,
I was taking Ranitidine ( Zantac) as an over the counter medicine. My previous Doc suggested it, but to use only as & when I felt I needed it. It was only a weak dose , but very helpful when the tum was upset. At times I would take one a day ,, sometimes two in 24 hours if I was having a nasty flare up, once that had cleared up
I could go for days even weeks before taking them again.
Cimetidine ( Tagamet ) is not available over the counter here,
( unless things have changed in the past few years, which I doubt.)
Its a prescription only drug.
The reason being the strength of the medication.
I must admit I am not a lover of '' natural remedies ''...
Mixing medications natural or otherwise is not always a good idea.
chemicals can react against each other. I prefer to be safe ....rather than sorry. Just think about it. !!!
I got to the stage where I was having one flare up after another, so I
decided to see my new Doc, and have a long chat with him about sensible management of my problem. .............So.....
At the moment I am taking Nexium 20 mg daily, am on this for one month, then I see what my new Doc thinks, and what he's going to do next. I must admit I do feel alot better.
But I am still ' windy ' ---- in fact I could burp for Britain.
Enough of that.
Chin up, talk to you soon.